News Briefs: Worker Dies After Multiple-Story Fall at Ontario WWTP

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, the City of Minneapolis will restart a rain garden project after the initial pilot endeavor resulted in invasive weeds overtaking the intended wildflowers

News Briefs: Worker Dies After Multiple-Story Fall at Ontario WWTP

A tragic incident recently occurred at the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario's east end, where a man lost his life after falling about 30 meters

Ontario's ministry of labor is investigating the incident. A spokesperson from the ministry, extended condolences to the worker's family, friends and colleagues. The fatality took place at the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel construction project.

New York Plans $20 Million in Water Infrastructure Upgrades for Erie County

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced $20 million in water infrastructure upgrades for communities in Erie County. With this funding, the Erie County Water Authority can complete a long-awaited $80 million overhaul that includes upgrading water filters that treat 60 mgd from Lake Erie, and haven’t had substantial upgrades for 70 years.

“Water is our very essence, and when we don't protect our water and the systems that deliver it, we put our communities at risk,” says Hochul. “Today, we're delivering significant funding for the first major upgrade to Erie County's water systems, helping ensure over half a million people have access to clean drinking water for decades to come.”

Minneapolis Rain Garden Project to Restart Amidst Invasive Weed Issue

The City of Minneapolis is set to restart its rain garden project on Grand Avenue in the Kingfield Neighborhood, after the initial pilot project endeavor resulted in invasive weeds overtaking the intended wildflowers. 

Originally designed to absorb stormwater runoff and purify it, the gardens failed to establish the planned mix of native plants, resulting in widespread weed growth and causing uncertainty and annoyance for local residents.  City engineer Liz Stout confirmed that the contractor will revamp the gardens and the city will oversee maintenance while the plants settle, according to KARE 11 News.


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